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Our Fave Brands to Shop During Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

our favorite brands to shop during hispanic heritage month
Design: theSkimm | Photo: Yo Soy AfroLatina, Eberjey, Cuyana
Sep 30, 2021

With Hispanic Heritage Month underway, we’re highlighting a few of our fave Hispanic- and Latinx-owned brands — many of which are smaller businesses you may not be familiar with. Helping you find the best products worth spending your hard-earned cash on? Yep, that’s us. We’ve got comfy clothes, chic earrings, a hair-care product to combat frizz, and so much more. Get ready to add to cart.

While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our guide on must-read books by Hispanic and Latinx authors.

A daily affirmations sticker to put in an obvious place…

Like on a laptop cover or your water bottle. Every time your eyes catch it, you’ll be reminded of some very important things. Nothing sets the tone of the day like some positive reinforcement. ($3.50, Mazapan Paper Co. on Radical Girl Gang)

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A weekly self-care planner to help you stay on track…

There’s a to-do list, a habit tracker, a gratitude list, and more. You’ll be able to jot down things that made you happy and stuff you want to work on for next week. There’s even a section where you can write down the qualities you like most about yourself. Instead of solely focusing on productivity, you’ll be able to prioritize your overall wellbeing and a sense of balance. To check out more, like affirmation cards and stickers, click here. ($16, The Salvaged Sawhorse on Etsy)

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An embroidered sweatshirt all about good vibes…

It’s comfy, a bit oversized, and the perfect option for lazy days spent lounging around. Jen Zeano Designs sells a bunch of other apparel too — from tees to swimwear to clothes for kids. You can shop more from this queer- and Latinx-owned brand here and here. ($56+, Jen Zeano Designs on Etsy)

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Handmade face earrings to add to your jewelry collection…

These tortoise-patterned earrings are lightweight but pack a big style punch. To see more of the artist’s statement-making accessories, check out her Instagram page. ($27, Las Ofrendas on Radical Girl Gang)

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A makeup brush cleaning mat that’ll suction to your sink…

If your brushes are caked with foundation and primer, it’s time to give ’em a deep clean. This mat will give them new life, so you don’t have to toss them. It has seven different textures that are designed to expertly get between brush fibers. It works for both face and eye brushes, and even has labels so you know which section works best for what. ($24.65, Sigma Beauty on Nordstrom)

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And a BeautyBlender sponge that’ll help you apply makeup without absorbing it…

So more product gets on your face than the applicator. You’ll get that smooth, blended look, with no streaks or caking. The sponge itself is vegan and cruelty-free, and works with any cream or powdered highlighter, foundation, or concealer. The wider base is ideal for quick application on your chin, jawline, and forehead, while the contoured tip is best for precision application around your eyes and nose. To use, wet it and squeeze out excess water. ($20, BeautyBlender on Amazon)

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A pajama set that’s made from temperature-regulating fabric…

It’s also anti-pilling so you can pop it in the washing machine without fear that it’ll come out feeling rough. The tencel modal fabric, which makes this set feel so luxurious, is sustainably sourced (it comes from raw beech tree pulp). The finished product is lightweight and ideal for hot sleepers. The fit is relaxed, so everything drapes loosely. As you turn in your sleep, the fabric will move with you, not pinch or bunch. ($98, Eberjey)

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An apron that’ll become the kitchen accessory you never knew you needed…

It’s not just a regular apron, it’s a fully stocked apron. Meaning it’s got an adjustable neck, a chest pocket, and two lap pockets. The cotton webbing makes the fabric ultra durable and the waist straps are extra long, so you can double knot ’em for a secure fit. There’s also an easy-access loop on one side so you can hang a towel or tongs. Plus it comes in a bunch of adorable and colorful patterns. We’re eyeing the polka dots for obvious reasons. ($105, Hedley & Bennett)

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An 11-ounce ceramic mug that’s dishwasher- and microwave-safe…

Not much explanation needed here. The mug says it all. This Afro-Latinx business owner aims to celebrate and give wider representation to her beautiful and diverse culture. You can shop hats, totes, and sweaters too. ($20, Yo Soy AfroLatina)

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A one-piece swimsuit with an adjustable halter tie…

The built-in shelf bra supports and lifts, while the side sash cinches your waist. The swimsuit is fully lined, so you won’t feel self-conscious splashing around the water. And with full coverage, you’ll be able to move and bend with no discomfort or fear of exposure. Time to add to cart for your next tropical vacay. ($128, Hermoza)

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A hair oil that’ll combat frizz and split ends…

Infused with coffee seed and castor oil, this blend can restore texture and shine in lackluster hair. It can help with breaking and strand dryness, so curls will dry bouncier and with better form. The product can be used as a quick mask, but you’ll reap the biggest benefits if you use it overnight. Every product from Bomba Curls is inspired by the founder's Afro-Dominican roots. Psst...packaging is at least 50% recyclable. ($22, Bomba Curls on Nordstrom)

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A zippered cardholder made from Italian leather…

It’s got five exterior card slots for easy access, just in case you need to pull out a credit card or ID quickly. The inside can hold cash and change. The entire thing is less than 6 inches wide, so it can slide into a back pocket. It’s made in a women-owned factory in Turkey, with sustainable practices to ensure that the leather is tanned responsibly. If you wanna zhuzh it up a bit, you can personalize with a monogram. ($75, Cuyana)

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Sanitizing alcohol wipes for all of life’s little messes…

Keep a pack in your home, car, and backpack. Because you never know when sticky fingers will strike. These are made with 65% ethyl alcohol and a touch of aloe. More importantly, they’ll take care of 99.9% of germs and are fragrance- and paraben-free. You can also get them unscented or choose from grapefruit, lavender, or a multi-scent. If you’re looking to toss a smaller pack in your purse, select the 15-count. ($2.89+, The Honest Company)

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A sphere-shaped charcuterie board that’ll be a hit with guests…

When closed it looks like a globe, but when you open it, you’ll uncover three little nooks for snacks. It’s available in bamboo or natural beechwood, and it’s easy to clean. You can take the entire thing apart to hand wash with cold water. It’s great for hosting, but also makes a practical housewarming gift. ($89.99, Tappas on Amazon)

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A portable Bluetooth speaker for crystal-clear sound…

The rechargeable battery can last up to 10 hours, so if you’re bringing it on a hike you won’t have to worry about it cutting out midday. It can link to other speakers of the same make, and it’ll connect to your cell from up to 100 feet away. It also doubles as a power bank if you need to juice up your device (iPhone or Android) — just connect via USB. If you want to enable voice assistant, double tap the power button to connect a smart assistant (Alexa or Google Home). ($149.99, Tech-Life on Amazon)

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If you buy anything from this article, theSkimm may get something in return. Oh, and if something’s out of stock, oops, it was there (and all prices were accurate) when we published. Thanks.

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